The case was heard before a three-judge bench comprising of Justices Vijith Malalgoda, Murdu Fernando and S. Thure Raja.
Although the complaint was scheduled to be called on 10 January, all the cases scheduled to be called on that were postponed due to the ongoing investigations into the fire that broke out at the Supreme Court premises.
The Supreme Court has decided to convene the hearing on November 06 to resolve the issues raised in the case. However, all proceedings were adjourned due to the quarantine curfew imposed that day.
Accordingly, the Supreme Court has decided to call back the adjourned complaint today.
The charge sheet was filed by the Attorney General against MP Ranjan Ramanayake following a complaint lodged with the Supreme Court by Ven. Magalkande Sudantha Thera and retired Air Force officer Sunil Perera.
Speaking to the media after a discussion with then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees, Colombo on August 21, 2017, Ranjan Ramanayake had declared that the majority of judges and lawyers in this country are corrupt.
The complaint further states that Ranjan Ramanayake has insulted the judiciary by undermining the public's trust in the judiciary.
Accordingly, the Supreme Court has directed the court to hold a hearing against him on the charge of contempt of court and impose appropriate punishment.